You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
2020 has been an interesting year – to think about the brevity of life, of how things can change rapidly, unexpectedly. In the light of Christ, have you ever thought about your priorities in life? What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind as a believer?
“(…), but I chose you and appointed you”
To be appointed is to be chosen for a particularly job/position. Jesus gave his disciples clear instructions to go and bear fruit- fruit that will last. This is not of our doing, with our own strength or merit.
In John 15 Jesus is explaining to his disciples about the importance of staying connected to Him.
In verse 5 He says: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
In our sessions we talked about how God created us to be disciple makers, but what is truly empowering in that call is that He is the One empowering us to do it, in Him, through Him and for Him. We are not alone in it.
Thoughts for the day
- What is God saying to you in this passage?
- How can you apply what God is saying to you today?
- Is there anyone you can share this truth with?
Today, take a moment, wherever you are, to REJOICE in God’s goodness: Read a Bible passage or listen to a song that helps you to connect with God